Filipino-Norwegian singer and actor, Marrki Stroem, has fallen victim of an online scandal in the past week. The finalist of the first edition of Pilipinas Got Talent has recently starred in the first episode of the anthology quarantine-themed gay series Unlocked.
The episode, which follows a heartbroken gay man (Markki) who hires a prostitute (Mike Liwag) to help him cope with loneliness during the lockdown in Manila, features a fairly explicit sex scene between the two actors.
Hours after its premiere on the streaming platform GagaOOLala on 9 July, the steaming scene was leaked and shared online across Twitter and Pornhub. So realistic was the video many people took to social media calling for him to come out!
Markki, who frequently plays gay characters in Filipino films like, Slumber Party and I Love You, Hater, told Philippine Entertainment he was sad the video had been pirated and leaked.
“Fortunately, we can rely on people who are more interested in the story rather than the love scene. We have a strong LGBTQ love story and would love for people to support local,” Markki said.
Unlocked’s director Adolfo Alix Jr. also came out in support of Markki: “We thank Markki for putting himself on the line and tell this topical story and support the LGBT community. We hope that all scenes, not just the love scenes, can be viewed within context to convey the dimensions of relationships during quarantine.”
Unlocked is a 6-episode anthology series where each episode focuses in a different kind of loving relationship put to test under lockdown. All episodes will be available on the LGBTIQ streaming platform GagaOOLala.
Check out the Unlocked trailer below.